LOSBERGS NAMED FIRST TEAM ALL-BIG SKY; ZEMAITELIS SELECTED TO THE SECOND TEAM

LOSBERGS NAMED FIRST TEAM ALL-BIG SKY; ZEMAITELIS SELECTED TO THE SECOND TEAM

Big Sky All-Conference Team

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento State men's tennis sophomore Mikus Losbergs (first team) and junior Kasparas Zemaitelis (second team) were both recipients of all-Big Sky Conference honors, it was announced today by the league office.

The Big Sky all-conference team is beginning a new format this season, that includes six first team singles selections, seven second team singles honorees, and the introduction of doubles teams with three pairs earning first team honors and three more taking second team nods.

Not only did both Losbergs and Zemaitelis receive all-league honors on the singles side of things, the pair was also selected second team all-conference in doubles play.

Losbergs, a native of Latvia, was recipient of first team honors for the first time of his career after he was a second team selection last season as a true freshman. Zemaitelis, who hails from Lithuania, was recipient of all-league mention for the first time during his three-year career after being selected to the second team.

Losbergs played at No. 1 in the team's singles lineup in all but one match this season, finishing with a 16-8 record, including an 8-3 mark in the Big Sky. The sophomore went 16-7 at No. 1 in the team's lineup and 0-1 at No. 2. That included winning each of his final five, and seven of the last eight matches of the season. Of his 16 wins, 13 came in straight sets, including a 6-2, 6-0 win over Yale's Tayler Lu, who was ranked 65th in the nation at the time. In the Big Sky Tournament, Losbergs posted a 6-2, 6-2 win in the quarterfinals against Montana State, and was in the third set of his semifinal match against Idaho before that match was halted. He was named the Big Sky Player of the Week on Feb. 1.

Zemaitelis played at No. 3 in the team's singles lineup the entire season, finishing the year with a 14-11 record, including 9-2 in Big Sky matches. The junior also finished the year strong, winning seven of his last 10 singles matches. Of his 14 wins, seven came in straight sets, and he posted a 7-1 record in matches that lasted three sets. Among his late-season victories came a three-set win in the quarterfinal round of the Big Sky Tournament against Montana State's Alexander Flink (2-6, 6-1, 6-3). He was named Big Sky Player of the Week on April 4.

The combination of Losbergs and Zemaitelis were also named second team all-conference in doubles play. The pair posted a 10-5 doubles record, including a 5-1 mark in league matches. All 15 of those doubles victories came in the No. 1 spot of the team's lineup.

Sacramento State finished the season with a 13-12 overall record and an 8-3 mark in the Big Sky. The Hornets, who posted their most overall wins since the 2011 season, advanced to the semifinal round of the Big Sky Tournament as the No. 3 seed before falling to Idaho by a 4-0 score.